March 30, 2013
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati football team held its second scrimmage of the spring Saturday, moving downtown to Paul Brown Stadium, the home of the Cincinnati Bengals.
“The competition and effort was good,” head coach Tommy Tuberville said. “The defense won the day. We looked a little ragged on offense with way too many penalties. We have lots of room for improvement but if we continue to get this type of effort, we will have a chance. Our guys were energized and this is a beautiful facility. The Bengals were gracious enough to let us come down here today and we appreciate that.”
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Defensively, UC was led by Deven Drane (Plantation, Fla./Plantation) who had three tackles, four pass break ups and an interception and Silverberry Mouhon (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) who finished with an interception of his own off a tipped ball, three tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Marcus Foster (Troy, Ohio/Troy) hauled in a pair of interceptions to go along with eight tackles. Drake Bruns (Fort Thomas, Ky./Highlands) had a team-high nine stops while Andre Jones (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) finished with eight and Jeff Luc (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Treasure Coast/Florida State) and Kevin Hyland (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) tallied six stops apiece. Brad Harrah (Marion, Ohio/Pleasant) added 1.5 sacks and Leviticus Payne (Southfield, Mich./Southfield) had an interception.
"It was obvious that our defense was ahead of our offense today," Tuberville said. "You better be ahead on defense in the spring, I'll tell you that. If your defense is not ahead of your offense than you are going to have problems in the Fall."
Anthony King (Chicago, Ill./Ayersville) did the bulk of the scoring for the offense, turning a swing pass from Bennie Coney (Plant City, Fla./Plant City) into a 26-yard touchdown and adding rushing TDs of three and four yards, respectively.
Brendon Kay (Marine City, Mich./Marine City) and Chris Moore (Tampa, Fla./Thomas Jefferson) hooked up for the longest TD of the day, a 49-yard strike. Anthony McClung (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) had seven catches while Shaq Washington (Maple Hts., Ohio/Maple Hts.) had six receptions, both for 92 yards.
Ralph David Abernathy IV (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster School) averaged six yards per carry on the ground, carrying nine time for 54 yards.
Tony Miliano (North Bend, Ohio/Elder) connected on field goals of 48 and 42 yards.
UC will hold an open practice for its fans from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Sheakley Athletics Center. The event is free and open to all fans. Patrons attending the practice should enter the facility through the gates adjacent to Marge Schott Stadium. Cash parking will be available in all campus garages and concessions stands will be open.
Following the workout, selected UC players and coaches will hold a free clinic on the field for youth football players up to the eighth grade. Clinic registration starts at 11:30 a.m. on the north end zone drive with the clinic starting at 12:30 p.m. Following the end of the clinic at 2:15 p.m., UC student-athletes will hold an autograph session for clinic participants on the field.
UC is working through 15 NCAA allotted spring practices under Tuberville, who took the reins of the program in December and is entering his 18th season as a collegiate head coach. UC is coming off a 10-3 campaign in 2012 with the Bearcats earning their fourth BIG EAST Conference title in five seasons and a come-from-behind win over Duke in the 2012 Belk Bowl.
Fans interested in purchasing 2013 football season tickets can visit GoBEARCATS.com or call 1-877-CATS-TIX to make deposits. Please note this is for new season ticket accounts only. Season tickets are the only way to guarantee yourself the best seats in Nippert Stadium for all six home games in 2013.